An interactive installation in the Stedelijk Museum comprised of three continually changing crowd sourced animations drawn entirely by the museum’s visitors. Visitors are invited to take part by contributing with their own drawings. They grab a sheet of paper from the coloured stack, draw following the instructions on the paper, and scan their drawing. Once scanned, their drawing automatically becomes a frame in one of the animations projected in the space.
The team at Moniker first developed the skeleton animations and split them up into frames to print on sheets of A4 paper. Each piece of paper has a number of dots and an instruction on how to connect them. Some are easy, some are complex. Some instructions leave almost no space for interpretation, some leave it completely up to the user. In a way the instructions act as a programming language and the visitors as Graphical Processing Units.
Erased Symphony is based on the idea that existing cultural narratives are subject to erasure, whereby the focus is not only on evident extinction but also processes of disappearance, revaluation, densification, corrosion, etc. in the telling of national, continental, in this case Western, and hegemonial (hi)stories. In Erased Symphony the Emperor Waltz by Strauss undergoes a gradual process of erasure, albeit not the original version is modified but Arnold Schönberg’s transcription of the waltz from 1925 for flute, clarinet, string quartet, and piano. Amorales printed a version of this score with a specially prepared plotter: He exchanged the cutter needle of the printer with a pencil so it could be erased afterwards. The project takes place in collaboration with Klangforum Wien.